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Shiodome, Shinbashi

last update: August 08, 2016
Shiodome is a modern area full of skyscrapers built in the early 2000s thanks to a government redevelopment plan, and it is today the main area of Shinbashi, a central district of Tokyo not far from Ginza.

The neighborhood


Shio-Site is a very modern area of Shiodome with a dozen of modern skyscrapers, housing mostly offices, including major multinationals, but also some hotels and shopping centers.
This area is actually not so interesting for a tourist, but it can be a great set for photographers and lovers of modern architecture.
Among the various buildings, the most interesting ones are the Nittele Tower, the Dentsu Building, and the Shiodome City Center.
shiodome skyscrapers View of the skyscrapers in Shiodome

Nittele Tower

This skyscraper, 192 meters in height (32 floors), is also called Nippon TV Tower, as it houses the headquarters of the national broadcaster Nippon TV. You can have free access to the lobby, where there are some sofas and some tvs. Inside there is also a large shop (Nittere-ya) where to find various objects related to the characters and series of Nippon TV, and in particular of the anime Anpanman, very popular among japanese children.
Outside the building there is also a great and unique clock designed by the great Hayao Miyazaki.

Dentsu Building

A skyscrapers of 213 meters (48 floors), designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel.
In the lower part of the building you can find the shopping complex Caretta Shiodome, which includes many shops and restaurants, a theater, and an advertising museum (floors B1-B2, free admission). On the 46th floor there are also some panoramic restaurants, and to get to this floor you can also use a panoramic elevator with a stunning view at night. On this floor there are also some windows to admire the view from above.
During the Christmas period, in the lobby of this building are installed some amazing Christmas illuminations.

Shiodome City center

A skyscraper of 215 meters (42 floors), on the lower floors there is a shopping center, on the two last floors some luxurious panoramic restaurants. At this link in English the list of all the restaurants within the building.
Next to the Shiodome City Center there is a building which reproduces the old Shinbashi station (terminus of the first railway line ever built in Japan, Yokohama-Tokyo, in 1872), inside which can be found some historical information about the station and some restaurants.
During the Christmas period, in the lobby of this building are installed some amazing Christmas illuminations.
Tokyo night view from the panoramic lift inside the Dentsu Building

Hama Rikyu Gardens

(admission 300 yen, opening hours 9-17)
The largest Japanese traditional garden in Tokyo and perhaps the most fascinating one. It is located in the middle between the skyscrapers of Shiodome on one side, and the sea and the artificial islands of Tokyo Bay on the other side.
shiodome from hamarikyu gardens The skyscrapers of Shiodome sprouting amid the Hamarikyu gardens

Shiba Italia Park

A small garden located in a corner between railway tracks on one side and a highway on the other side, near the Hama Rikyu Gardens.
As said in a plaque located inside, it is an "Italian garden inspired by the Tuscan Renaissance style." Inside there are some reproductions of famous statues of the Italian Renaissance and a fountain.

Italian town

This area is located, as the crow flies, west of Shiodome station and the skyscrapers. It is called italian town because, according to those who projected it, it was built trying to reproduce a classic Italian or European architectural style. There are a few cafes, restaurants and shops.

Panasonic living showroom

(opening hours 10-18, closed on wednesdays)
Many people do not know that in Japan, Panasonic makes not only cameras, televisions and other stuff like that, but also items of furniture, and this showroom showcases right this kind of things.

Sleeping in Shiodome, recommended hotels

Some high-level hotels are located among the skyscrapers of Shiodome.

A very popular hotel among tourists, especially those on package tours, is the Villa Fontaine Shiodome Hotel.

For an unforgettable night on the top floors of a skyscraper, with a panoramic view (from some rooms you can see the Tokyo Tower) we definitely recommend the Shiodome Royal Park Hotel.

Practical guide, how to get to Shiodome, Tokyo

Shiodome station is served by the Oedo line (Toei Metro) and by the unmanned train Yurikamome to Odaiba island.

Shinbashi station is an important railway junction, served by the Ginza line (Tokyo Metro) and Asakusa line (Toei Metro), terminus of the Yurikamome to Odaiba and also by some JR railway lines (Yamanote line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yokosuka Line).

Map of Shiodome, Tokyo

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin.

How to use Govoyagin

Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

Take a look at Govoyagin

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